Daily Manufacturing News Digest – the industry stories you should be aware of today

Posted on 14 May 2024 by The Manufacturer

Each day The Manufacturer compiles the top manufacturing news stories from around the web. To make your life a little easier, we trawl through all the major trade publications, broadsheets and business magazines to find you the most important manufacturing news each morning. Don't forget to bookmark this page and check back daily.

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024: Reshaping the future of UK industry

Returning to the NEC Birmingham this June, Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week (SM&E Week) 2024 promises to be a pivotal gathering for UK manufacturing because of its focus on key industry themes including the supply chain, sustainability, digital transformation and people and skills. More via The Manufacturer

JCB searches for UK’s best excavator operator

JCB is looking for an operator with the X Factor during the JCB UK Operator Challenge. The winner will be crowned JCB’s Excavator Operator of the Year 2024 and win the trip for two to Las Vegas including flights, hotel and spending money. Operators from across the country are invited to enter for the chance to win this and a host of other luxury prizes. More via JCB

Un-jammable quantum tech takes flight to boost UK’s resilience

In a first-of-its-kind achievement, the UK has successfully completed commercial flight trials of advanced quantum-based navigation systems that cannot be jammed or spoofed by hostile actors. More via UK Research and Innovation

Artists collaborate with manufacturers as part of Art of Manufacturing

Four artists have been commissioned to work with world-leading manufacturers as part of Art in Manufacturing, the headline commissioning programme for the National Festival of Making in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Since Art in Manufacturing began in 2016, 31 artists have been commissioned to work with 24 artisan makers and manufacturers, often with groundbreaking and diverse results. More via The Manufacturer

Babcock awarded new 12-year French Government contract

Babcock and Airbus Helicopters have been awarded a new contract to support the EC145 fleet of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile and the French Gendarmerie Nationale.

The 12-year contract, awarded by the French Ministry of Armed Forces Directorate of Aeronautical Maintenance (DMAé), covers the aircraft in service support of a fleet of 48 Airbus EC145 helicopters across France mainland and overseas. More via Babcock

Go South Coast begins introduction of 44 new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 low-emission buses

Alexander Dennis has announced that it has commenced this year’s delivery of 44 Enviro400 buses to Go South Coast, part of the Go-Ahead Group.

Sixteen new double deckers were launched by multi-award winning Go South Coast for its Bluestar operating unit at an event in Southampton, where the company now is the main operator after expanding its network in 2023. More via Alexander Dennis

Siemens to transform engineering workforce of the future with new industry credential programme

Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced it has created a new programme to credential students and recognise career readiness, which will help create a stronger pipeline of engineering talent demanded by industry. The Siemens credentials are intended to supplement a formal degree by validating industry knowledge and skills. More via The Manufacturer